Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Simple Ways to Save Money This Winter

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Simple Ways to Save Money This Winter

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We all feel the pinch at this time of year - but it is possible to limit the damage, says VICKY SHAW

WINTER can put a chill on the wallet, with Christmas bills throwing even the most carefullyplanned budgets off course, and plunging temperatures leaving us whacking up the heating in our homes.

But there are some simple ways you may be able to cut back, which could make life easier when those January bills start landing on your doormat.

SIMPLE SAVERS' TIPS 1 HAVE AN EARLY SPRING CLEAR-OUT IF you've overdone it on Black Friday, why not sell on unwanted items now? More than one in 10 (12%) of shoppers will have bought items on Black Friday only to find they already had something similar at home, a survey from Gumtree has found.

2 GOING AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS? BOOK FLIGHTS EARLY ACCORDING to research from American Express, on average, people in the UK spend £88 travelling to meet friends and family over the festive period, so it's worth trying to book any rooms, flights or train fares early to try and secure the best prices.

You may also have rewards or points on your spending that could be used towards a hotel room deal.

3 SORT YOUR ENERGY BILLS RECENT research from MONEYSUPERMARKET.com found that more than 30 fixed energy deals are set to expire in December - with a similar number having ended in November - meaning many customers risk being rolled onto more expensive tariffs during the coldest part of winter, when energy usage is at its peak. Often, when these tariffs end, providers will move customers onto a standard variable rate tariff, which could be their most expensive deal.

Those with deals about to end may want to bear in mind that MONEYSUPERMARKET.com says the end-to-end switching process can take up to three weeks, but is often quicker.

Meanwhile, British Gas has just announced plans to scrap standard variable tariffs (SVTs) for new customers as part of moves to introduce simpler bills. …

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